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COVID-19 Crisis - April 2020 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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2 2 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • A P R I L 2 0 2 0 T he coronavirus has ground outpatient surgeries to a halt. As the nationwide response to the outbreak enters its second month, every possible healthcare resource is being marshalled for the acute treatment of COVID-19 patients. On March 18, CMS called for the cancellation or post- ponement of all elective surgeries during the out- break and released recommendations outlining numerous factors individual providers should consider when deciding whether they should proceed with a procedure as planned or call it off until the coronavirus is contained (osmag.net/Jpw9ZE). The American College of Surgeons (ACS) advised surgeons to curtail elective procedures to preserve necessary PPE and resources for the care of COVID-19 patients. The U.S. surgeon general also asked healthcare systems to halt elective procedures. ACS joined the American Society of Anesthesiologists Outpatient Surgery Editors COVID 19 CRISIS Surgical professionals are rallying to overcome short-term hardships and remain determined to perform surgery again soon. Surviving the

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